Espresso Pecan Cookies
The other day my mother asked me, “Of all the things you cook, which one do you love the best?” I replied, “Dessert! All kinds. English trifles. French tarts. Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.” It was a set up. She smiled and asked with a tilted head, “Cookies?! What kind?!”

So I made her some cookies. She sat and watched me as I played with a recipe, offering suggestions and licking the bowl. Her dog, Fez, sat on her lap hoping for something to drop.

I made a cookie with an overdose of espresso powder and a subtle amount of finely chopped pecans and I learned so much from it.

First of all, that I absolutely love this recipe and how it turned out. Second, I made silver dollar size cookies (mignardises) first with the dough, and they really were superb, so intensely coffee flavored that they would be perfect on the side of a shot of espresso coffee. Third, I made bigger size cookies with the dough, and they were perfect to tie up with a bow and present to my patiently waiting mother.

The finely chopped pecans added just the right amount of crunch…..

espresso pecan cookies

….I used a teaspoon to scoop out the dough and mound it on a baking sheet to make the tiny cookies, and I used a tablespoon to make the larger cookies…

espresso pecan cookies

….you can use the recipe below to make both sizes….the tiny cookies take 9 minutes to bake, the larger cookies take 11-12 minutes to bake.

These are the tiny ones! Perfect little bites.

espresso pecan cookies

Espresso Pecan Cookies


  • 2 sticks sweet butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons espresso powder (Medaglia d’Oro)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 ounces Hershey’s mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Cooking Directions

  1. Makes 24 regular size cookies
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and both colors sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, espresso powder, salt, and the vanilla extract. Beat until well incorporated.
  5. Add in the flour, mini chocolate chips, and pecans and beat until blended.
  6. For regular size cookies, scoop a tablespoon of dough and mound it on a baking sheet. Continue until all the dough is used up. You may have enough to use an additional baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 11-12 minutes, remove from the oven and cool.

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